Man accused of stealing more than 100 cellphones at Coachella

Thirty-six-year-old Reinaldo De Jesus Henao of NY was arrested for possession of stolen property after security officers and police reportedly found 100-plus stolen phones in his backpack on the first day of the festival, according to Digital Trends.

Irony can be a cruel taskmaster. one thief found this out the hard way after being caught red-handed with over 100 stolen mobile phones at Coachella. Police said Reinaldo De Jesus Henao, 36, was arrested on festival grounds on Friday, the first day of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival.

When festival-goers noticed their iPhones had been taken, they activated Find My iPhone to track the location of their devices.

Authorities are crediting the use of an app to find dozens of stolen cell phones at Coachella.

Henao, who was at the Empire Polo Club, were detained by security guards until police arrived.

"[We were] taking pictures then we went to post the photo", Laura Hunt Little told a local NBC affiliate, NBC News reported. Several of the victims got their devices back right there on the spot, however, while the rest were returned to lost and found to await their rightful owners, police reports say.

Henao is being charged with grand theft and possession of stolen property, police said.

Henao was released Saturday from the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning after posting $10,000 bail, according to jail records.

  • Ernesto Newman